Dr.   Kevin     Cavicchi

Dr. Kevin Cavicchi

Department of Polymer Engineering
Phone: 330-972-8368
Email: kac58@uakron.edu


  1. Peng, B.; Yang, Y; Gu, K.; Amis, E. J.; Cavicchi, K.A. Digital Light Processing 3D Printing of Triple Shape Memory Polymer for Sequential Shape Shifting ACS Materials Letters, 2019, 1, 410-217. DOI: 10.1021/acsmaterialslett.9b00262 
  1. Pantoja, M.; Boynton, N.; Cavicchi, K.A.; Dosa, B. Cashman, J.L.; Meador, M.B. Increased Flexibility in Polyimide Aerogels Using Aliphatic Spacers in the Polymer Backbone ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 2019, 11, 9425-9437.DOI: 10.1021/acsami.8b20420
  1. Pantoja, M.; Jian, P.-Z,; Cakmak, M. Cavicchi, K.A. Shape Memory Properties of Polystyrene-block-Poly(ethylene-co-butylene)-block-Polystyrene (SEBS) ABA Triblock Copolymer Thermoplastic Elastomers ACS Applied Polymer Materials, 2019, 1, 414-424. DOI:10.1021/acsapm.8b00139
  1. Zhang, X.; Zhao, J.; Ye, C.; Lai, T.-Y.; Synder, C.R.; Karim, A.; Cavicchi, K.A.; Simmons, D.A. Dynamical Correlations for Statistical Copolymers from High-Throughput Broad-Band Dielectric Spectroscopy ACS Combinatorial Science2019, 21, 276-299. DOI: 10.1021/acscombsci.8b00160
  1. Öztürk, T.; Cavicchi, K.A. Synthesis and Characterization of Poly(epichlorohydring-g-e-caprolactone) Graft Copolymers by “Click” Chemistry Journal of Polymer Materials 2018, 35, 209-220. DOI:10.32381/JPM.2018.35.02.6
  1. Pantoja, M.; Alvarado, T.; Cakmak, M.; Cavicchi, K.A. Stearic Acid Infused Polyurethane Shape Memory Polymer Foams Polymer 2018, 153, 131-138. DOI:10.1016/j.polymer.2018.08.002
  1. Zhang, C.; Cavicchi, K.A.; Li, R.; Yager, K.G.; Fukuto, M.; Vogt, B.D. Thickness Limit for Alignment of Block Copolymer Films Using Solvent Vapor Annealing with Shear. Macromolecules 2018, 51, 4213-4219. DOI:10.1021/acs.macromol.8b00539
  1. Pantoja, M.; Lin, Z.; Cakmak, M.; Cavicchi, K.A. Structure-Property Relationships of Fatty Acid Swollen, Crosslinked Natural Rubber Shape Memory Polymers. Journal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics 2018, 56, 673-688. DOI:10.1002/polb.24578
  1. Deng, G.; Cavicchi, K.A. Tuning the Viscoelastic Properties of Poly(n-butyl acrylate) Ionomers Networks through the Use of Ion-Pair Comonomers. Macromolecules2017, 50, 9473–9481. DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.7b01529
  1. Zhao, Z.; Peng, F.; Cavicchi, K. A.; Cakmak, M. M.; Weiss, R. A.; Vogt, B. D. 3D Printed Shape Memory Objects Based on Olefin Ionomer of Zinc-Neutralized Poly (ethylene-co-methacrylic acid). ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces2017, 9, 27239-27249. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b07816
  1. Qiang, Z.; Liu, X.; Zou, F.; Cavicchi, K. A.; Zhu, Y.; Vogt, B. D. Bimodal Porous Carbon-Silica Nanocomposites for Li-Ion Batteries. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2017, 121, 16702-16709. DOI:10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b03795
  1. Qiang, Z.; Chen, Y.M.; Gurkan, B.; Guo, Y.; Cakmak, M.; Cavicchi, K.A.; Zhu, Y.; Vogt, B.D. Cooperatively assembled, nitrogen-doped, ordered mesoporous carbon/iron oxide nanocomposites for low-cost, long cycle life sodium-ion batteries.Carbon,2017, 116, 286-293. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.carbon.2017.01.093
  1. Wang, S.;Tangvijitsakul, P.;Qiang, Z.; Bhaway, S. M.;Lin, K.; Cavicchi, K. A.; Soucek, M. D.; Vogt, B. D.Role of amphiphilic block copolymer composition on pore characteristics of micelle-templated mesoporous cobalt oxide films Langmuir2016, 32, 4077-4085. DOI:10.1021/acs.langmuir.6b01026
  1. Cavicchi, K.A.; Pantoja, M.; Cakmak, M. Shape Memory Ionomers Journal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics 2016, 54, 1389-1396. DOI: 10.1002/polb.24052
  1. Qiang, Z.; Ye, C.; Lin, K.; Becker, M.L.; Cavichi, K.A.; Vogt, B.D. Evolution in surface morphology during rapid microwave annealing of PS-b-PMMA thin films Journal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics 2016, 54, 1499-1506. DOI: 10.1002/polb.24043
  1. Qiang, Z.; Gurkan, B.; Ma, J.; Liu, X.; Guo, Y.; Cakmak, M.; Cavicchi, K.A.; Vogt B.D. Roll-to-roll Fabrication of High Surface Area Mesoporous Carbon With Process-Tunable Pore Texture for Optimization of Adsorption Capacity of Bulky Organic Dyes Microporous and Mesoporous Materials2016, 227, 57-64. DOI:10.1016/j.micromeso.2016.02.015
  1. Cavicchi, K.A. Shape Memory Polymers from Blends of Elastomers and Small Molecule Additives Macromolecular Symposia2015, 358, 194-201. DOI: 10.1002/masy.201500064
  1. Chakrabarty, A.; Zhang, L.; Cavichi, K.A.; Weiss, R.A.; Singha, N.K. Tailor-Made Fluorinated Copolymer/Clay Nanocomposite by Cationic RAFT Assisted Pickering Miniemulsion Polymerization Langmuir 2015, 31, 12472-12480. DOI:10.1021/acs.langmuir.5b01799
  1. Burroughs, M.C.; Bhaway, S. M.; Tangvijitsakul, P.; Cavicchi, K.A.; Soucek, M. D.; Vogt, B. D. Cooperative Assembly of Metal Nitrate and Citric Acid with Block Copolymers: Role of Carbonate Conversion Temperature on the Mesostructure of Ordered Porous Oxides Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 2015, 119, 12138-12148. DOI:10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b02177
  1. Qiang, Z.; Wadley, M.L.; Vogt, B.D.; Cavicchi K.A. Facile non-lithographic route to highly aligned silica nanopatterns using unidirectionally aligned polystyrene-block-polydimethylsiloxane films Journal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics 2015, 53, 1058-1064. DOI: 10.1002/polb.23740
  1. Zhang, Y.; Bhaway, Sarang, M.; Wang, Y.; Cavicchi, K.A.; Becker, M.L.; Vogt, B.D. Rapid (< 3min) Microwave Synthesis of Block Copolymer Templated Ordered Mesoporous Metal Oxide and Carbonate Films using Nitrate-Citric Acid Systems Chemical Communications 2015, 51, 4997-5000. DOI: 10.1039/C4CC09808K
  1. Qiang, Z.; Guo, Y.; Liu, H.; Cheng, S.Z.D.; Cakmak, M.; Cavicchi, K.A.; Vogt, B.D. Large-Scale Roll-to-Roll Fabrication of Ordered Mesoporous Materials using Resol-Assisted Cooperative Assembly ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces 2015, 7, 4306-4310. DOI: 10.1021/am5086275
  1. Fei, P.; Wood, S. J.; Chen, Y.; Cavicchi, K. A. Maximum Bubble Pressure Rheology of Low Molecular Mass Organogels Langmuir 2015, 31, 492–498. DOI: 10.1021/la503832r.
  1. Qiang, Z.; Zhang, Y.; Wang, Y.; Bhaway, S. M.; Cavicchi, K. A.; Vogt, B. D. Highly aligned, large pore ordered mesoporous carbon films by solvent vapor annealing with soft shear, Carbon2015, 82, 51-59. DOI: 10/1016/j.carbon.2014.10.025
  1. Deng, G.; Zhang, Y;Ye, C.; Qiang, Z.; Stein, G. E.; Cavicchi, K. A.; Vogt, B. D. Bicontinuous mesoporous carbon thin film via an order-order transition Chemical Communications2014, 50, 12684-12687. DOI: 10.1039/c4cc02471k
  1. Qiang, Z.; Zhang, Y.; Groff, J.; Cavicchi, K. A.; Vogt, B. D. A generalized method for alignment of block copolymer films: Solvent vapor annealing with soft shear Soft Matter 2014, 10, 6068-6076. DOI: 10.1039/c4sm00875h.
  1. Zhang, L.; Tang, Q.; Weiss, R. A.; Cavicchi, K. A. Synthesis and characterization of Quaternary phosphonium-containing, trithiocarbonate RAFT agents. Polymer Chemistry 2014, 5, 5492-5500. DOI: 10.1039/c4py00615a
  1. Zhang, L.; Kucera, L. R.; Ummadisetty, S.; Nykaza, J. R.; Elabd, Y. A.; Storey, R.F.; Cavicchi, K.A.; Weiss, R. A. Supramolecular multiblock polystyrene polyisobutylene copolymers via ionic interactions. Macromolecules 2014, 47, 4387-4396. DOI: 10.1021/ma500934e
  1. Brostowitz, N. R.; Weiss, R. A.; Cavicchi, K. A. Facile Fabrication of a Shape Memory Polymer by Swelling Cross-Linked Natural Rubber with Stearic Acid. ACS Macro Letters 2014, 3, 374-377. DOI: 10.1021/mz500131r
  1. Deng, G.; Qiang, Z.; Lecorchick, W.; Cavicchi, K.A.; Vogt, B.D. Nanoporous Nonwoven Fibril-Like Morphology by Cooperative Self-Assembly of Poly(ethylene oxide)-block-Poly(ethyl acrylate)-block-Polystyrene and Phenolic Resin. Langmuir 2014, 30, 2530-2540. DOI:10.1021/la404964c
  1. Qiang, Z.; Zhang, L.; Stein, G. E.; Cavicchi, K. A.; Vogt, B. D. Unidirectional Alignment of Block Copolymer Films Induced by Expansion of a Permeable Elastomer during Solvent Vapor Annealing. Macromolecules, 2014, 47, 1109-1116. DOI: 10.1021/ma402131j
  1. Zhang, L.; Cool, L. R.; Wesdemiotis, C.; Weiss, R. A.; Cavicchi, K. A. Syntheses of Quaternary Ammonium-containing, Trithiocarbonate RAFT Agents and Hemi-telechelic Cationomers. Polymer Chemistry, 2014, 5, 1180-1190. DOI: 10.1039/C3PY01314F
  1. Zhang, L.; Brostowitz, N. R.; Cavicchi, K. A.; Weiss, R. A. Perspective: Ionomer Research and Applications. Macrmolecular Reaction Engineering, 2014, 8, 81-99. DOI: 10.1002/mren.201300181
  1. Chen, X.; Fei, P.; Cavicchi, K.A.; Yang, W.; Ayres, N. The Poor Solubility of Ureidopyrimidone Can Be Used to Form Gels of Low Molecular Weight N-alkyl Urea Oligomers in Organic Solvents. Colloid and Polymer Science, 2014, 292, 477-484. DOI: 10.1007/s00396-013-3087-6.
  1. Ye, C.; Singh, G.; Wadley, M. L.; Karim, A.; Cavicchi, K. A.; Vogt, B. D. Anisotropic Mechanical Properties of Aligned Polystyrene-block-polydimethylsiloxane Thin Films. Macromolecules, 2013, 46, 8608–8615. DOI: 10.1021/ma401780r
  1. Qiang, Z.; Xue, J.; Stein, G. E.; Cavicchi, K. A.; Vogt, B. D. Control of Ordering and Structure in Soft Templated Mesoporous Carbon Films by Use of Selective Solvent Additives. Langmuir,2013, 29, 8703-8712. DOI: 10.1021/la401505h
  1. Zhang, L.; Katzenmeyer, B. C.; Cavicchi, K. A.; Weiss, R. A.; Wesdemiotis, C. Sulfonation Distribution in Sulfonated Polystyrene Ionomers Measured by MALDI-ToF MS. ACS Macro Letters, 2013, 217-221. DOI: 10.1021/mz3006632
  1. Qiang, Z..; Xue, J.; Cavcchi, K.A.; Vogt, B. Morphology Control in Mesoporous Carbon Films Using Solvent Vapor Annealing. Langmuir2013, 3428-3438.DOI: 10.1021/la304915j
  1. Hsieh, I-F.; Sun, H.-J.; Fu, Q.; Lotz, B.; Cavicchi, K. A.; Cheng, S. Z. D. Phase Structural Formation and Oscillation in Polystyrene-block-Polydimethylsiloxane Thin Films. Soft Matter2012,8, 3937-3944. DOI: 10.1039/c2sm25749a
  1. Wadley, M.L.; Cavicchi, K.A.; Hseish, I-F.; Cheng, S.Z.D. Solvent Dependence of the Morphology of Spin-Coated Thin Films of Polydimethylsiloxane-Rich Polystyrene-block-Polydimethylsiloxane Copolymers. Macromolecules2012,45, 5538-5545. DOI:10.1021/ma300044d
  1. Feng, L.; Cavicchi, K.A. Investigation of the Relationships Between The Thermodynamic Phase Behavior and Gelation Behavior of a Series of Trisamide Low Molecular-Mass Organic Gelators. Soft Matter 2012, 8, 2483-2492. DOI:10.1039/C2SM25415H
  1. He, J.; Yue, K.; Liu, Y.; Yu, Xinfei; Ni, Peihong; Cavicchi, K. A.; Quirk, R. P.; Chen, E-Q.; Cheng, S. Z. D., Zhang, W-B. Fluorinated Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane-Based Shape Amphiphiles: Molecular Design, Topological Variation, and Facile Synthesis. Polymer Chemistry 2012, 3, 2112-2120. DOI: 10.1039/C2PY20101A
  1. Labiano, A.; Dai, M.; Young, W.-S.; Stein, G.; Cavicchi, K.; Epps, T. H. III; Vogt, B. Impact of Homopolymer Pore Expander on the Morphology of Mesoporous Carbon Films using Organic-Organic Self-Assembly. Journal of Physical Chemistry C2012,116, 6038–6046. DOI: 10.1021/jp2113076
  1. Cavicchi, K. A. Synthesis and Polymerization of Substituted Ammonium Sulfonate Monomers for Advanced Materials Applications. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces2012,4, 518-526. DOI:10.1021/am201414f
  1. Feng, J.; Cavicchi, K.A.; Heinz, H. Control over Self-Assembly of Diblock Copolymers on Square Templates for High Area Density Circuitry. ACS Nano, 2011,5, 9413-9420. DOI: 10.1021/nn2035439
  1. Liu, Y.; Lloyd, A.+; Guzman, G.+; Cavicchi, K.A. Polyelectrolyte-Surfactant Complexes as Thermoreversible Organogelators. Macromolecules2011,44, 8622-8630. DOI: 10.1021/ma201023v
  1. Feng, L.; Cavicchi, K.A. Synthesis of ω-Sulfonated Polystyrene via RAFT Polymerization and Post-Polymerization Modification. Journal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry2011,49, 5100-5108. DOI: 10.1002/pola.24976
  1. Schmidt, R.; Cavicchi, K.A.; Karim, A. Mapping Magnetic Flux Lines with Iron Oxide Nanoparticles using “Fossilized Liquid Assembly”. Soft Matter2011,7, 5756-5763. DOI: 10.1039/C1SM05057E
  1. Fei, P.; Cavicchi, K.A. Synthesis and Characterization of a Poly(styrene-block-methylacrylate-co-octadecylacrylate-block-styrene) Shape Memory ABA Triblock Copolymer. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces2010,2, 2797–2803. DOI: 10.1021/am100481p
  1. Balcı, M.; Hazer, B.; Güven, O.; Cakmak, M.; Cavicchi, K.; Synthesis of Polypropylene-g-polyethylene glycol Comb Type Amphiphilic Graft Copolymers. Thermal and Mechanical Properties. Polymer Bulletin 2010,64, 691-705. DOI: 10.1007/s00289-009-0211-3
  1. Kalaycı, O. A.; Cömert, F. B.; Hazer, B.; Atalay, T.; Cavicchi, K.; Cakmak, M. Synthesis, Characterization and Antibacterial Activity of Metal Nanoparticles Embedded Amphiphilic Comb-Type Graft Copolymers. Polymer Bulletin2010,65, 215-216. DOI: 10.1007/s00289-009-0196-y
  1. Liu, Y.; Pollock, K.L;+ Cavicchi K.A. RAFT Polymerization of Trioctylammonium p-Styrenesulfonate To Prepare Homopolymers and Amphiphilic Block Copolymers. Polymer2009,50, 6212-6217. DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2009.10.069
  1. Wadley, M.; Cavicchi, K.A. Synthesis of Polydimethylsiloxane-Containing Block Copolymers via Reversible Addition Fragmentation Chain Transfer (RAFT) Polymerization. Journal of Applied Polymer Science2010,115, 635-640. DOI: 10.1002/app.31106
  1. Liu, Y.; Cavicchi, K.A. Reversible Addition Fragmentation Chain Transfer (RAFT) Polymerization with a Polymeric RAFT Agent Containing Multiple Trithiocarbonate Groups. Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics2009,210, 1647 – 1653. DOI: 10.1002/macp.200900201
  1. Iida, K.; Chastek, T.Q.; Beers, K. A.; Cavicchi, K. A.; Chun, J.; Fasolka, M. J. Living Anionic Polymerization Using a Microfluidic Reactor. Lab on a Chip2009,9, 339-45. DOI: 10.1039/b810006c

Publications Prior to Joining the University of Akron

  1. Rider, D. A.; Cavicchi, K. A.; Vanderark, L.; Russell, T. P.; Manners, I. Orientationally Controlled Nanoporous Cylindrical Domains in Polystyrene-b-Poly(ferrocenylethylmethylsilane) Block Copolymer Films. Macromolecules 2007,40, 3790-3796. DOI: 10.1021/ma062073u
  1. Cavicchi, K. A.; Russell, T. P. Solvent Annealed Thin Films of Asymmetric Polyisoprene-Polylactide Block Copolymers. Macromolecules2007, 40, 1181-1186. DOI: 10.1021/ma061163w
  1. Cavicchi, K. A.; Berthiaume, K. J.; Russell, T. P. Solvent Annealing Thin Films of Poly(isoprene-b-lactide). Polymer2005, 46, 11635-11639. DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2005.09.072
  1. Rider, D. A.; Power-Billard, K. N.; Cavicchi, K. A.; Russell, T. P.; Manners, I Diblock Copolymers with Amorphous Polyferrocenylsilane Blocks: Synthesis, Characterization and Self-Assembly of Polystyrene-block-Poly(ferrocenylethylmethylsilane) in the Bulk State Macromolecules2005,38, 6931-6938. DOI: 10.1021/ma047410i
  1. Cavicchi, K.A., Zalusky, A.S., Hillmyer, M.A., Lodge, T.P. An Ordered Nanoporous Monolith From an Elastomeric Crosslinked Block Copolymer Precursor. Macromolecular Rapid Communications2004,25, 704-709. DOI: 10.102/marc/200300245
  1. Cavicchi, K.A.; Lodge, T.P. Anisotropic Self-Diffusion in Block Copolymer Cylinders. Macromolecules2004,37, 6004-6012. DOI: 10.1021/ma0495339
  1. Cavicchi, K.A.; Lodge, T.P. Self-Diffusion and Tracer Diffusion in Sphere-Forming Block Copolymers. Macromolecules2003,36, 7158-7164. DOI: 10.1021/ma0346815
  1. Cavicchi, K.A.; Lodge, T.P. Domain Size Equilibration in Sphere-Forming Block Copolymers Journal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics2003, 41, 715-724. DOI: 10.1002/polb.10427

Refereed Book Chapters

  1. Cavicchi, K.A.; Pantoja, M.; Lai, T-Y. The Importance of Phase Behavior in Understanding the Structure Property Relationships in Crystalline Small Molecule/Polymer Gels. In ACS Symposium Series: Gels and Other Soft Amorphous Solids; Horkay, F.; Douglas, J. F.; Del Gado, E. Eds; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2018; pp 245-264. DOI 10.1021/bk-2018-1296.ch013.
  1. Vogt, B. D.; Qiang, Z.; Xue, J.; Deng, G.; Karim, A.; Cavicchi, K. A. Structural Control in Block Copolymer-Templated Nanoporous Carbon Films. In ACS Symposium Series 1173: Polymer Precursor Derived Carbon; Naskar, A. K.; Hoffman, W. P. Eds; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2014; pp 35-60. DOI: 10.1021/bk-2014-1173.ch003
  1. Cavicchi, K. A.; Weiss, R. A. Ion-Containing Polymer Synthesis. In Encyclopedia of Polymeric Nanomaterials; Kobayashi, S.; Mullen, K. Eds; Springer Verlag: Berling, 2013. DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-36199-9_274-1.

Edited Journals

  1. Anthamatten, M.; Cavicchi, K.A. Editors; Special Issue: Shaping Shape Memory, Journal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics2016, 54, 1287 – 1426.

Editorial: Anthamatten, M.; Cavicchi, K. Shaping Shape-Memory Journal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics 2016, 54, 1293-1294. DOU: 10.102/polb.24060